It’s hard to believe it’s nine years since The Kooks burst onto the scene with hits such as Naive and She Moves In Her Own Way.
They’re back, and on tour, making a long awaited return to Belfast with a gig at Mandela Hall. In their own words, “It’s been a long time since we were last in Belfast”
She Moves In Her Own Way was the second song in. It was a statement of intent. They were going to play the hits, and they were going to play songs that made people dance.
Singer Luke Pritchard wasn’t slow in showing off his dancing skills on the night before his 30th birthday. He managed to keep his birthday secret from the crowd.
The most dancing was saved for their biggest hits such as Ooh La, Always Where I Need To Be, while new(ish) songs such as Is It Me? and Forgive and Forget fitted in to the tracklisting seamlessly.
The crowd even liked their ill fated attempt at Hip Hop, Down.
It wasn’t all dancing though, as Luke had a solo acoustic slot in the middle of the set.
For the encore, they played Shine On and Naive. Their performance was anything but naive.